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Assessment Tools

Most assessment tools to gauge whether a person has an alcohol problem have been designed with younger persons in mind. 

Coming Soon! Common alcohol identification tools that have been used with older people, with information on how well they work with older people. Below is the MAST- G which was developed by Fredric Blow.


Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test - Geriatric Version

Directions: The following is a list of questions about your past and present drinking habits. Please answer yes or no to each question by marking the line next to the question. When you are finished answering the questions, please add up how many "yes" responses you checked and put that number in the space provided at the end.

        YES NO

1. After drinking have you ever noticed an increase in
your heart rate or beating in your chest?

2. When talking to others, do you ever underestimate
how much you actually drank?

3. Does alcohol make you sleepy so that you often fall
asleep in your chair?

4. After a few drinks, have you sometimes not eaten or
been able to skip a meal because you didn't feel hungry?

5. Does having a few drinks help you decrease your
shakiness or tremors?

6. Does alcohol sometimes make it hard for you to
remember parts of the day or night?

7. Do you have rules for yourself that you won't drink
before a certain time of the day7

8. Have you lost interest in hobbies or activities you
used to enjoy?

9. When you wake up in the morning, do you ever have
trouble remembering part of the night before?

10. Does having a drink help you sleep?

11. Do you hide your alcohol bottles from family members?

12. After a social gathering, have you ever felt embarrassed because you drank too much?

13. Have you ever been concerned that drinking might
be harmful to your health?

14. Do you like to end an evening with a night cap?

15. Did you find your drinking increased after someone
close to you died?

16. In general, would you prefer to have a few drinks at
home rather than go out to social events?

17. Are you drinking more now than in the past?

18. Do you usually take a drink to relax or calm your

19. Do you drink to take your mind off your problems?

20. Have you ever increased your drinking after experiencing a loss in your life?

21. Do you sometimes drive when you have had too
much to drink?

22. Has a doctor or nurse ever said they were worried or
concerned about your drinking?

23. Have you ever made rules to manage your drinking?

24. When you feel lonely, does having a drink help?

Total "Yes" responses

Scoring: 5 or more "yes" responses are indicative of an alcohol problem.

For further information, contact Frederic Blow, Ph.D., at University of Michigan Alcohol Research Center, 400 East Eisenhower Parkway, Suite A, Ann Arbor, Ml 48104. (313) 998-7952. The Regents of the University of Michigan, 1991.


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